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PHILADELPHIA, February 8, 2005—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has taken the next step forward in its mission to defend individual liberty in higher education. Today, FIRE launches its much-anticipated weblog, The Torch, at Newsdesk. The Torch will be a forum for FIRE contributors, including FIRE Cofounders Alan Charles Kors and Harvey Silverglate,... Read more Read more


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SANTA BARBARA, Calif., February 4, 2005—The University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) has abandoned an attempt to force the owner of a website called The Dark Side of UCSB from using the letters “UCSB” in his web address.UCSB threatened Mr. James Baron, the site’s owner, with criminal sanctions if he did not change the... Read more Read more


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FORT PIERCE, Fla., February 2, 2005—In a statement issued yesterday evening, Florida ’s Indian River Community College (IRCC) overturned its prohibition on a student-organized screening of The Passion of the Christ.IRCC made the decision after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) took the case of the Christian Student Fellowship (CSF), which wanted to... Read more Read more


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FORT PIERCE, Fla., January 19, 2005—Florida’s Indian River Community College (IRCC), which recently prohibited The Passion of the Christ from being shown on campus, has admitted that last year it approved a screening of the R-rated documentary film Welcome to Sarajevo at a college-sponsored event.  This information contradicts the college’s claim to have banned all... Read more Read more


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FORT PIERCE, Fla., January 14, 2005—Florida’s Indian River Community College (IRCC) is engaging in a campaign of repression against a Christian student group for attempting to show Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ on campus.  In November 2004, the college banned the Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) from showing the film because it was R-rated,... Read more Read more


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NEW YORK, January 11, 2005—For the last few months, Columbia University has been debating charges of anti-Semitism that have been leveled against professors in the university’s department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC). The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) entered the debate with a letter that defended the MEALAC faculty and... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, January 4, 2005—Today the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education celebrates the release of its flagship publication, FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus.  Legal scholars from across the political spectrum have hailed the new Guide as an invaluable resource for students.  Edwin Meese, U.S. Attorney General during the Reagan Administration, called the Guide... Read more Read more



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